Washington D.C to test Ford's Autonomous vehicles in early 2019!
23 Oct 2018
Ford has enlisted Washington DC to take part in their next round of Autonomous vehicle trials. Pairing with partners Argo AI, Ford currently has these vehicles, being tried and tested but are due to hit the roads of the US capital in early 2019 for road trials! Ford is backing this venture with an incredible $1 billion investment in hopes it will bring more the Washington in terms of tourism and advertising.
The Vehicles are expected to be ready to go by 2021 after meticulous and thorough testing over the next couple of years, they are currently on the road gathering mapping data, however a driver and second engineer are still in the vehicle for the time being. This protocol will remain in place when the testing of the vehicles begins on the roads to maximize research and safety.
The advent of self-driving vehicles promises a chance to make it more affordable and easier for people to get to jobs by filling gaps in access to public transportation, new ways to deliver food and other products, and more,” Ford wrote.
So, not only does this venture create an exciting new venture for Ford but it also creates new job prospects in developing areas, including a fleet terminal to store all of the testing vehicles. This terminal will be where the vehicle maintenance is carried out as well as recalibration and data transfers, making for a lot of vacancies within and around the D.C area.
While Ford isn’t the first to be testing on the self-drive front they certainly won’t be the last. Competitors, General Motors and Waymo LLC in Phoenix Arizona are a lot closer to the final product but Ford want to push there testing stages to the limits before sending it out to the public ensuring safety comes first.
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